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Early Years – Donaldson Class

 

In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Miss Allen, Miss Smith, Mrs Hatchman and Miss Pepechkova.

 

Our topic last half term was "Celebrations and Festivals". We learnt about why people celebrate Fireworks Night, all about the Hindu festival of Diwali, and about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Of course, we also thought about the Christian celebration of Christmas, and talked about the Christmas story, wrote letters to Father Christmas and played in our very own Santa's Grotto. 

 

                      

 

Our Topic for this half term is "Toys and Games".

We will begin our topic by finding out about the toys that children received for Christmas, and will be writing thank you letters to Santa.

 

We will also be finding out about New Year's Resolutions, and will be making some of our own.

 

 

We will be bringing in new toys from home, and will be creating observational paintings of them; both on the I Pads and with paint.

 

We will then move on to thinking about old toys. We have a special visitor coming to see us from Hertford Museum, who will be bringing in lots of old toys for us to explore. We will be thinking about how toys have changed, what they are made of and how they work.

 

         

   

If you have any old toys at home, we would really appreciate it if we could borrow these – we promise to look after them!

 

We are also planning to look in more detail at remote controlled toys and will be asking children to bring in any that they have at home to share with us at school. We will be investigating what they need to make them work and move.

 

    

 

 

By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.

 

Important things to remember:

PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. We do not need trainers in school at this time, as we will begin our P.E. sessions in the indoor hall.

 

 

  By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.

Your celebrations and festivals...

If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!

Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and Reading

Please Note:  Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and reading will begin once the children are fully settled into school.

Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.

 

Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week.  Please ensure that reading books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next.

Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.

 

Information about Reception Class

 

Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" event. This will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class.

 

 

Take a look at our fantastic work!

5* Topic                    5* Literacy                          5* Maths

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Take a look at our fantastic classroom!

Inside…

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Outside…

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